Medical Malpractice

Legal Pearls: Court Rules That Drug was Intervening Cause in Medical Malpractice Death


    Ann W. Latner, JD


    A Maryland appellate court has ruled that a jury validly found a pain specialist physician not liable for the death of a patient she had injected with a contaminated steroid because the medication itself was an intervening and superseding cause of the patient’s fatal fungal meningitis.

    The physician was a licensed anesthesiologist and pain management physician.

    Was the physician at fault?

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